Colorado Springs is a great place to live.
Let’s keep it that way.
I believe in responsible growth for Colorado Springs. We can and should manage it in a way that preserves and enhances the quality of life for those of us who already call Colorado Springs home.
Responsible growth means balancing economic development with preserving the natural beauty and resources of the area, while also ensuring the well-being of its residents and meeting their needs for housing, transportation, and other essential services. This can involve implementing sustainable building practices, protecting green spaces, promoting alternative modes of transportation, and engaging in responsible land use planning.
I have heard from many residents of Colorado Springs who have concerns about growth in their city. Some are concerned about increased traffic congestion and the strain on infrastructure that population growth can bring. Others are concerned about rising housing costs, as more people move to the city and demand for housing increases and making attainable housing more challenging. Additionally, many residents are concerned about the loss of natural spaces and open land as development expands. Also there are concerns about the change in the city’s culture and the negative impact on the local economy. Finally, the increased pressure on resources like water, sewage and electricity are also common concerns.
Growth brings several benefits, such as:
- Creating more local jobs
- Increasing tax revenue
- Improving quality of life
- Diversifying economy
- Attracting a competitive, talented workforce
These benefits give our kids, Colorado Springs’ future, greater reason to develop their career locally. Growth can also bring new amenities, such as shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment options, improving the overall quality of life for residents. Proper planning can ensure that growth in Colorado Springs brings positive outcomes and enhances the city’s economic and social prosperity.
I will work collaboratively with locally driven, fact-based information to tackle the challenges growth brings.